[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Local children will have a wonderful new place to play after work started on a new playground in Palmerstown.
Ground was finally broken in Waterstown Park following years of campaigning with the new facility due to open in the next few weeks.
This will be Palmerstown’s first publicly funded playground and local campaigners are delighted the project is nearing a successful completion.
Alan Hayes, spokesperson for the Playground For Palmerstown group told Dublin Gazette he is “over the moon.”
“We are absolutely delighted that 532 days after the results of the Participatory Budgeting Scheme were announced, we have finally broken ground in Waterstown Park.
“The playground development was one of the winning projects in the council’s ‘€300k Have Your Say’ initiative which asks the community to decide how the council spend some of their public budget in their area.
“Following an extensive consultation phase to have the playground design informed by the public, a mix of a Playground and Playtrail is being constructed throughout the park.
“On Friday I met with the contractor, Gerry O’Sullivan, owner of The Childrens Playground Company who is constructing the playground, they will be finished by mid December 2018.
“This is the first publicly funded playground in the long and distinguished history of Palmerstown.
“I am delighted to see the project finally start and as the father of two young children, I’m very proud to have been a part of the large number of people who helped bring this project to fruition.
“Many local residents will remember that only a decade ago Waterstown was littered with burned out cars.
“Now families will get to enjoy one of the finest parks in all of south Dublin.”
Local councillor Guss O’Connell also welcomed the start of work on the new playground.
“This is a good news story! I was Chair of the Palmerstown Community Council and a founder and first Secretary of the Liffey Valley Park Alliance, so I have lived for this moment.
“The Waterstown Playground and Play Trail is a mighty example of People Power.
“As a councillor for the area I have been campaigning for a playground and got it on the schedule but, for some unknown reason it fell off!
“The children’s playgrounds now under construction vindicates the mighty work of Palmerstown Community Council, Lucan Planning Council and especially the Strawberry Beds Residents Association of 40 years ago!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]